May 20, 2011
Miami, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University junior starting pitcher Paul Davis struck out a career-high nine batters in tossing a complete-game shutout in Friday's 2-0 victory over rival FIU at the FIU Baseball Stadium in Miami, Fla. It marked the second complete-game victory for Davis over the Golden Panthers this season.
The teams have split the two meetings in the final weekend and will resume the series on Saturday, May 21, beginning at 7 p.m. The game will be featured as part of the Sun Belt Network on Comcast (CSS).
FAU improved to 32-21 on the season and 17-12 in Sun Belt Conference action. The loss broke FIU's 17-game unbeaten streak. The team now has a 36-17-1 record overall and stands 19-9-1 in league play.
Davis tossed his first career shutout and third complete-game of the season. The right hander tossed a complete game in the first meeting against the Golden Panthers on March 19 in Boca Raton, winning 4-2. The junior college transfer struck out the side in the ninth inning despite issuing a leadoff walk and base hit to put runners on first and second base with a 2-0 lead. Davis got Yoandy Barroso to strike out to end the game. He improved to 10-1 on the season.
Gratton would later score in the third inning on a single by senior shortstop Nick DelGuidice. The ground ball up the middle came with two outs in the inning.
The Owls balanced offensive attack featured seven players collecting one hit each. Senior outfielder Andy Mee, senior second baseman Raymond Church, senior designated hitter Eddie Cassidy joined Gratton, Church, Scheffler and DelGuidice with base hits.
FIU starting pitcher R.J. Fondon suffered the loss, allowing both runs in five innings. The left hander drops to 5-5 on the season.
The Golden Panthers eight-hit attack was highlighted with two hits each by Jeremy Patton and Jose Behar.
Saturday's regionally televised game will mark the second time this season that FAU has been featured on the league's Game of the Week.
Radio broadcast details of Saturday's regular-season finale can be found at www.fausports.com.